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Parliament of South Australia, Assembly election

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General election for the Assembly South Australia 
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day) 7 March 1953

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election) Thomas Playford [jnr]
Premier's party affiliation Liberal and Country League 
Assembly support for government at election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  

Government in office after election

Premier in office after election. Thomas Playford [jnr]
Premier's party affiliation Liberal and Country League
Assembly support for government after election Majority 
If coalition, coalition partner(s)  
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Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll 449,630 
Number of Assembly seats 39 
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats 95,357 
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats 354,273 
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems) 336,592 
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats) 95.01% 
Total valid votes 326,721 
Rate of informal (invalid) voting 2.93%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system Not applicable
Electoral system Universal franchise at 21 years, single member districts, preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences, compulsory voting 

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South Australia, Assembly votes and seats won

Election held on 7 March 1953
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party 166,106  50.84  +2.75     15  38.46 
Liberal & Country League 119,106  36.45  -4.05     20  51.28 
Independents 36,271  11.10  +1.03     10.26 
Votes for other than listed parties 5,238  1.60  +1.60          
Totals 326,721  100.00    39  100.00 


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Sources

Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700).



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